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at 6:11. >>> the union representing thousands of pepco workers is telling its members to reject the utility's latest contract offer and that could lead to the first strike in decades. >> that's because pepco says this is its last and best offer. the vote on the contract is happening today. kristin fisher is live outside pepco headquarters in northwest washington. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning. what we're talking about is an ongoing contract dispute between pepco and its union employees, the linemen, the electricians. today those employees are going to vote on what pepco is calling their last best and final offer. if they vote no which is what their union leaders are urging them to do, then this would be as you said the first strike in 27 years in pepco's history. this could lead to a strike or a lockout. the two sides have been negotiating this contract for five months. in fact, they've already extended the current contract four times. but after 51 meetings, even with the help of a federal mediator, they're still at an impasse. pepco calls the latest offer gen
:09. >>> pepco customers may need to start rooting for a long stretch of good weather. >> or stock up on batteries. that's because today the crews who repair the down lines during severe weather are going to vote on whether or not they're going on strike. kristin fisher is live outside pepco headquarters with more on where we stand now with this. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning. what we're talking about is an ongoing contract dispute between pepco and its union employees, the linemen, the heck trixes. today those -- electricians. today those employees are going to vote on whether or not to accept what pepco is calling their last best and final offer. if the employees do indeed vote no which is what their union leaders are asking them to do, then they could strike or pepco could declare a lockout. if it happen it is will be the first strike at the power company in 27 years. the two sides have been in negotiations for the last five months. in fact, they've already extended the current contract four times. but after 51 meetings, even with help from a federal mediator, th
bill about to go up? pepco wants to jung your rates and some folks aren't too happy -- jump up your rates and some folks aren't too happy about that. >> and right after the break remembering entertainer andy williams. ♪ it's the most wonderful time of the year ♪ >> you got to be old like me to have remembered andy williams' variety show and tonight we remember andy williams. his publicist confirms the iconic entertainer died at the age 84. williams got his first big break on steven allen's tonight show. eventually he did get that tv show of his own it. lasted nine years. guests included tony bennett, ray charles, the osmond brothers. williams continued to perform nearly until the day he died. >>> a contract controversy at pepco, tonight we should know whether workers will vote for or against a labor contract. right now we're learning whether pepco will be allowed to increase its rates for millions of customers. our bruce johnson is live from the public commission service headquarters where the rate meeting just ended. >> reporter: the meeting was broken up by demonstrators. her
is set to run until 8 p.m. >>> there's another hearing going on where pepco will be on the hot seat tomorrow and they'll have to explain what went wrong and how to make things better the next time we're hit by a storm. investigative reporter russ ptacek spent the day in baltimore where regulators grilled utilities about what happened the night the lights went out. >> reporter: we had expected pepco to take the stand today, but they have just broken up. we can bring you in right now to the chambers of the maryland public service commission. this is where two utilities have been on the stand so far. the way pepco and other maryland utilities responded to the derecho, how they reconnected stomers and amassed crews are big parts of evidence covered here. testimony so far indicates pepco only brought in 647 outside crews to help by the third day of the outage which is about half of what bge or dominion power had for similar sized outages. >> why did bge have twice as many first summoners on july 3rd than pepco '-- responders on july 3rd than pepco? >> i think you need to look at the da
where pepco is working on some power lines that were brought down with an early morning accident. although traffic is getting by, that activity may thereby for a while. you can see the crews and the cones set up. so be aware of this as you head out the door this morning toward four corners and down to the beltway on university boulevard if you're planning to head in this area north of the beltway. we'll go over to our maps now. the beltway looks great. no problems all around town i'm happy to say. you have got an accident, though, northbound i-95 right before aquia harbor. it's in the left lane and apparently already closing slow traffic. stay to the right to get by. head out the door a tiny bit early to deal with that one. once you're beyond that, a little yellow forming in woodbridge. we'll take you live to 395 northbound here at duke street. traffic moving well. this time we'll head over to the other side of town. no problems to report on 270 with the exception of the slow traffic and a live look outside once you're beyond 121, it looks like this at falls road to the point whe
that big derecho storm that knocked so many people out of power in june. were you one of the pepco customers who got charged a delivery fee even though you had no power? >> it could be happening all over again. tens of thousands of people who lost power during last weekend's storm could be facing similar charges. >> reporter: it's taken us all day to sort this out but, yes, state regulators say this weekend's storm qualifies for that special rule that allows pepco to charge customers for the delivery of power they did not receive because of the outage. when we exposed the law that makes this possible after the derecho, consumers and politicians raid on pepco and regulators and are demanding change. the little known ruling allows utilities to recover partial revenues lost during the first 24 hours after major outage. state regulators are telling us pepco can again for this storm ask customers to pay back the tran mission fees lost when they were disconnected. during the summer storm, pepco and bge both qualified and they will be billing customers over a billion dollars alone. they'l
the storms, pepco. -- has already laid out a plan of action. john gonzalez is live in montgomery county. at least people are ready this time around. >> that is absolutely right. pepco try to stay ahead. it is really coming down. already 4500 pepco customers without power. here in rockville maryland -- and. it is already been hit the sky is really ominous. and the rain and wind really picking up. pepco and county leaders are watching the path of this storm. winds could exceed 50 miles per hour. many of us know all too well what has happened again to the past with trees and power lines. utility company has already reached out to local and out of state emergency management agency's. we spoke with montgomery county residents who already lost power this past summer, they have some concerns this afternoon. >> power outages. not having any electricity. stuff like that. >> this past year with all the storms got all the weather knocking down trees, lost power for like three days this year. and then like a week later after they did the inspection, another tree fell down. >> it probably felt like
region. >> as for power outages, leichtly over 2,000 dominion customers are still without power. pepco's a little better. and 351 with potomac edison are out power. and crews are turning the lights back on as we speak. news 4's darr sis spencer continues our team coverage from northwest washington. darcy? >> reporter: jim, we told you at 11:00 last night, pepco set a deadline to have 90% restored by tomorrow morning. they said they met this that goal this morning. you can see multiple trucks are here, utility trucks. they have to replacetility poles and there are lines down all over the street, so a lot of work to do before everyone gets back on. >> saturday afternoon, high winds and heavy rain caused scattered damage and a lot of power for thousands of residents in the region. today, the skies are bright as residents clean up and utility crews work to get the lights back on. on fairfield road in bethesda, crews were chopping up large trees that fell. neighbors said three trees had fallen as a result of summer storms. one resident had good things to say about pepco, which has been crit
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. >>> tens of thousands of people lost power during this weekend's storm. remember those pepco customers who were outraged about what happened to them after the other one. tonight 9 wants you to know it's about to happen again. investigative reporter russ ptacek breaks that story. >> he joins us now with what he just learned today. >> reporter: state regulators say this weekend's storm qualifies for that special rule that allows pepco to charge customers for the delivery of power they did not receive because of the outage. when we exposed the law that makes this possible after the durate show, consumers railed on regulators and are demanding change. the ruling allows utilities to recover partial monies lost after an outage. they say pepco can again for this storm ask customers to pay back the fees lost when they were disconnected. during the summer storm, city officials estimate they'll be billing customers over a milliondollars. it will average a dollar a customer charging not for the electricity but for the electrical delivery fee they couldn't charge because customers couldn't get electri
with that call.ation to give them a washington, jummy olabanji, abc 7 news. >> thank you. pepco is getting a rate increase. they approved the entire amount. the typical customer would have pay over $5 more each month. instead, there will have to pay about $2.60 more. hike will take place next month. pepco workers closer now to going on strike. representing pepco employees has rejected what the company called its final offer. the main talking point is a to health and welfare plans. says it is disappointed by the boat. if you liked yesterday's likeer, you will probably well.s weather as jeras is here with a look today's forecast. even be better than yesterday. are incredibly warm right now. talking 80 degrees at reagan national. dulles. cumberland, 72. hagerstown, 71. they have the clouds. it is really heating up the atmosphere. making a big difference. our satellite radar showing you on the edge of the the sun.d the clouds come down we will probably be in well. as rain in the forecast as well today. had storms this morning. traveling, watch out for that. clearing out with 89. partly sunny and warm
in this half hour of 9news pepco gets its chance in the hot seat as maryland grills its utility companies about their response following the storm. >> we had a few clouds, but essentially a very nice day. here are the numbers. an average day, too number wires. 82 and 64 -- numberwise. 82 and 64 goes in the book. we'll come back, talk about a cold front rolling through later tonight, if that will spark any showers, take you through the weekend and look ahead to next week which looks unsettled. >> but first a day at the office can always be stressful, kind of quiet here on a friday, but a look at the toll job stress can take on your health up next. heavy load in america. but mitt romney plan, a middle class to $2,000 more a year in taxes. multi-millionaires like himself hits the middle class harder... bigger break. forward for america? this message. >>> the workplace can be loud, demanding and full of high pressure. sometimes you hear people grudgingly say my job is giving me a heart attack. there is some heated discussions here as well and a little stress at deadline time. a new study from europ
sparked this. more than 1,000 pepco workers are one step closer to going on strike. union workers cheered after an overwhelming vote to reject the company's latest contract offer. union reps will now go back to pepco to try and get a new offer. if no deal is reached, workers will vote on whether to strike. >> pepco issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the union's decision to reject the offer. the labor battle comes as pepco got the go-ahead for a rate hike in d.c. they approved a partial rate increase which could mean an extra $2.60 a month for the average customer. >>> we have breaking news tonight involving the nfl and its locked-out referees. dan hellie is in the newsroom with tonight's development. >>> as you know, the lockout went from headlines the sports page to the front page. now, it appears to be over. the nfl and the referee's association have agreed on a new contract that will put the officials back on the field. not only are the referees coming back but they are expected to be back in time for tomorrow's thursday night game between the ravens and the browns.
. counselors will be there tomorrow. peggy fox, 9news now. >> an ugly labor battle brewing between pepco and the international brotherhood of electrical workers. those are the men and women who fixed those power lines after the storm strike. the contract is over health, welfare, and other benefits. they are expected to vote tomorrow on what pepco calls its last, best, and final contract offer. the leader says pepco cannot rely on backup contractors if the weather turns nasty. >> we are the people that keep the lights on. not the management. we're the ones out in the bucket trucks and in the manholes and on the streets. >> a spokesperson says the utility does not want to strike, but it is ready for one. while the union is expected to vote on a contract tomorrow, they will vote separately on whether or not to go on strike against pepco. >>> and more bad news for the u.s. postal service. usps expecting to miss a $5.6 billion payment due to the government and it is due by sunday. that cash is supposed to fund healthcare benefits for retirees. for now, the agency's lack of cash will not af
on pepco's request for a rate increase. if they had approve the entire amount, the typical customer would have to pay $5.20 more each month. instead they will pay about $2.60 more. the rate increase set to take place next month. >> pepco workers are closer to going on strike. the union has overwhelmingly rejected what the company called their final offer. the main sticking point is a chance to the health and plan. >> we want to check in with jacqui jeras >> we have some pretty strong thunderstorms to the north right now. trying to sneak into montgomery county just a little bit. we are seeing a lot of lightning on that map. the storms are pushing off to the east of this time. there are not severe. if you do have the time try to wait until the storms pass before you move on out. we are seeing that out near westminster and to the north as well. the temperatures are warm right now. 69 at reagan national. it will be another one day with temperatures in the 80's. we will see showers and under storms this morning and again late today. we do have some changes in the seven-day forecast. >> good mo
on a involving hundreds of pepco workers. are expected to vote >> will soon find out if pepco picketn will hit the lines. they're expected to vote on a on wednesday.sal the main sticking point is changes to health and welfare plans. >> the public roundtable will be in the glenn dale neighborhood of northwest d.c. has flooded four time this year. legislation will be discussed involving flood prevention and assistance, at 2:00 in the wilson building. >> it's 53 degrees. fall is nearing. >> absolutely. it is colder today than yesterday morning. cool econd day of the morning temperatures. there you can see skies are morning.s 54 in the district, 48 in dallas, 45 in petersburg, 46 at gaithersburg. 70-75 for the high temperature today. there's rain in the seven-day forecast. eight coming up in about minutes. let's check on traffic with angela. >> uneventful for the most part out there. are heading in from virginia, a live look at the 95.ngfield interchange on fredericksburg through falmouth, construction is gone. southbound at about 3 there is a leadinge that will be momentarily. beltway, from the i
. some were taken to a hospital and sustained non life- threatening injuries. >> will pepco employees strike and will they raise rates? natasha barrett. a decision on one of these issues? >> the people behind me are angry. they are protesting. if you are a pepco customer, you cannot expect to spend a little bit more on your bill, about $5.20. they took to the streets. they are angry about this new rate hike for all pepco customers. earlier today, we spoke to several people who feel the same way. they have been upset about all of this service interruptions, and they do not agree with this rate hike. -- upset about all of the service interruptions. >> having it come out of people's pockets for service that has not been provided folate to the fullest extent -- has not been provided fully. >> it is going on behind me and the other big issue for pepco is the union has a big vote today going on about its contract, over the health and welfare benefits of workers. many believe if that does not go well there will be a strike. i just spoke with the union president, and he says that is not wha
dead student other family members herndon home. a decision will be made hike forroposed rate pepco and whether. hundreds of workers whether. >> reality tv star snooki has inspired a new law in new jersey. " atd morning washington 5:00 begins right now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. good morning, washington. it's wednesday, september 26. i'm brad bell. >> i am cynne simpson. let's get to meteorologist jacqui jeras. >> good morning. different start today than yesterday. we have clouds and warm temperatures and a little rain. take a look at that. the easterns on shore. montgomery county looking at showers for around spring andd silver maybe a sprinkle a in fairfax county. that's about all. the crowd that night keep temperatures warmer. 67 at reagan national, 61 in dulles, 61 in gaithersburg, 59 frederick. we will talk about all above average today. at 9:00, 78 at noon, 82 at 5:00. mostly cloudy today. a few showers on and off. most of the day will be dry. i would have the umbrella handy. let's check on traffic with angela. >> good morning. trackin
the storm, pepco is back on the hot seat months after a deadly drenching left thousands of people in the dark. >> and sue palka, say this is not true. >> not true. >> but i think there might be a chance for rain and she'll tell us about that as we continue. heavy load in america. but mitt romney plan, a middle class to $2,000 more a year in taxes. mui-millionaires like himself hits the middle class harder... bigger break. forward for america? i'm[ romney ] this presidentve can ask us to be patient. this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message. >> pepco is back on the hot seat taking que
businessce of the at 5:00.n abc 7 news pepco crew members could be forared to walk off the job nearly 30time in years. contract negotiations between pepco and the union are at an impasse. members are scheduled to vote week on what pepco calls its final offer. if workers reject the deal, the d strike or pepco lockout.lare a pepco tells the washington post in as a backup plan in case of a strike. >> maryland regulators will grow officials today overlie residents and been not usedor electricity during the blackout. the stabilization of dand companent allows the s to collect fees. that will be addressed today in the maryland public commission. >> mosquito control crews will be spreading in the east board annapolis sections of anne tonight.ounty >> an effort to prevent the west nile virus spreading. spring will be done in the neck area next monday. avoid outdooruld activities while it's happening. there have been three deaths virus inwest nile year along far this with one death in d.c. and one in a virginia. >> what is in the name? one cat is not living up to her name. is a 5-year-old tabby cat s
, the union representing pepco's work hears rejected and turned down what pepco called its final contract offer. that puts the union on a path to a strike. pepco has always said a strike would not affect systems. meanwhile pepco customers will pay more to keep the lights on but not as much more as you the till tee had asked. pepco asked the d.c. public service commission for a rate hike that would have added $5 to the average consumer's monthly bill. what the commission okayed is a rate hike that will add $2.60 on average. >>> it is going to be awhile before the washington monument reopens to all the visitors. today the national park service announced a contractor has been chosen to repair the damage caused by last year's earthquake. the $9.6 million contract awarded to the same company that built the ronald reagan building. scaffold willing go up within the next two months but the monument is likely to be closed until 2014. >>> what is the longest that you've worked for any one company? safe to say a local man has got you beat. today he was honored for 70 years of military and civil serv
ago. >> this just in to the newsroom. pepco tells us it's going to start cycling off power to parts of the neighborhood. that is the area in d.c. just north of rhode island avenue that saw heavy flooding sunday night during the storms. now apparently pepco's underground lines were damaged in the floods. asked pepco for a schedule of when power will be cut to specific areas. we're waiting for a response this evening. once we get that information, we'll share it with you and post it at wusa9.com. >>> a car sitting in the middle of the road running, no driver in it. police did find an eight month old child sitting in it. anny hong is live with more on an arrest. anny. >> anita, prince william county police say this is one of their more stranger stories. they responded to a call on an hourglass lane and pariscope. now they thought they were responding to a car crash, but instead, they found an abandoned car with an eight month old baby girl in the backseat. >> he was under the influence of alcohol at the time and has been driving under the influence with a child in the car. >> police
pepco workers may walk off the job later this week. union leaders say they are at an impasse with pepco on a new contract. workers are supposed to vote on a contract on wednesday. pepco says it is often the u of last, best and final offer last week. the company is ready to call in 400 worker ifs the contractors decide to strike. >> president obama is ready to address the united nations in new york tomorrow. he's expected to focus on the wave of anti-american violence in the middle east. in an interview last night, the president called the recent uprising a bump in the road. during a campaign stop yesterday, mitt romney criticized the president's assessment. >> i think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy and universal rights. but i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road. >> egypt has elected a muslim brotherhood person as president. i don't consider these bumps in the road. >> the white house called romney's criticism desperate. the obama campaign also released a new ad today attacking
the investigations stands. >> thank you. a rate hike is on the way for pepco customers. there were protests outside the offices. the average increase is about $5.20. meanwhile, pepco will soon be voting on a union contract. if not there could be a strike. >> there is word of a possible deal tonight to end the standoff between the nfl and their referees. the performance of the replacement refs has upset many people. they say an agreement is close and that the regular referees could be back on the field soon. >> it was warming up, but there are some changes on the way. bob ryan is with us. >> it is a balmy evening and we have had a warm day. you can see from the belfort furniture weather center a few showers, but they are well to our north. it is still into the 80's, quite above average, not near the record. we will see it warm up until noon time, i think by lake huron tomorrow afternoon and evening that is when we have a risk of some showers or thundershowers. meanwhile, this is calibrated for all of you leaf lookers. the colors are beginning to change. we will have details about that as well as wha
. there is no of serious damage. >> two big issues over pepco tonight. tomorrow, workers are expec on a union contract and could go on strike if a deal is not reached. this also comes after pepco's proposed hike is voted on. >> the residents of d.c. our sick and tired of the greed. >> protesters say they stand in solidarity with the union workers and with d.c. residents. >> a robbery spree in prince george's county. targeting liquor stores. three businesses were struck. the latest happened this morning in riverdale. >> police say this still is striking very early tomorrow morning. as you will hear from one of the victims, they are very violent. >>just that -- just after opening two men stroll in posing as customers. this past saturday morning police say they struck again. this time, it was based liquore liquor. >> one of them, they say give me the number. we do not know nothing. >> these robbers work at thework at the shop next door. it is>> it is terrible. it is hard to make money when stuff like this happens. >> on tuesday morning the liquor store in river there was hit, using the same memo. -- mo.
is at 7:00 at central high school. d.c. public service commission set to vote this afternoon on pepco's proposed rate hike. members of an advocacy group last night rallied outside the headquarters in downtown washington. pepco workers are expected to vote today on the union contract. if the deal is not reached, they could go on strike. this would be the first strike by them since 1985. the main sticking point is a changed to their health and welfare plans. a meeting today in d.c. on a plan to put power lines underground to reduce future storm related power outages. the mayor's task force is holding the meeting at room g9 of the wilson building. it's open to the public and will begin at 2:00 p.m. we are following a developing story in herndon. a candlelight vigil will be held tonight for a family of four found dead inside their home. it's not clear what led to it. two parents and two school-age children. police were responding to a welfare check yesterday when they found the bodies in the house on point rider lane. neighbors are shocked. >> it's really sad. i don't even know how to exp
are expected to know in about 48 hours whether or not union workers for papago could go on strike. -- pepco could go on strike. if that offer is rejected, it could lead to the first work stoppage since 1985. >> pepco and other maryland power companies had to answer some tough questions during a hearing today. utility officials said the so- called rate stabilization fee helps to pay for immediate cost. commissioners are considering changing their policies since many customers consider that to feed to be an insult. >> the federal judge has ruled the district can collect taxes on the roads customers pay for hotel rooms. companies of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. dozens of similar lawsuits have been filed across the country. >> coming up a bizarre sight in montgomery county. hundreds of birds just light into the schools chimney. >> the war of words between the men running for president. "it's time to stand up to the cheaters and make sure we protect jobs for the american people." mitt romney? tough on china? romney's companies were called pioneers in shipping us manufacturing jobs ov
. regulators are considering changing the policy that allows pepco to charge revenue. residents in this neighborhood about lostcerned revenue. about lostncerned power. it happens too often. residents say over the past two has lost power several times. >> every time the wind blows or snow, weany kind of will lose power. she loses power, still have to pay pepco. they taken out its search cars the first 24 hours following the storm. am paying extra because of the costs involved. >> so much of pour over the cost of customers. the commission took up the issue. situation where a slow start more major storm, you have tracks that -- trash that is not picked up. you do not get a rebate. >> the surcharge was on average about 49 cents per customer. some merrill lenders say penney pay when service is stopped. >> as soon as they stop paying power, i will not be reliable in paying my bills. >> some companies say they used charge for the entire time a customer was out. they can only charge about 24 hours. money asthere are out well the commission is expected this in the next couple of weeks. >
and september 18. three occurred on the 800 block of juniper street. >> pepco and union officials will meet again this afternoon in an effort to avoid a strike. on wednesday union workers rejected what the company called its final contract offer. a few points are changes in health benefits. the last time pepco workers went on strike was in 1985. >> a d.c. councilman and former mayor marion barry is writing his memoirs. he says it will trace his life from growing up poor and the south to his years as a civil rights politician. he will not shy away. >> that will be a good read. the man has stories to tell. >> i think it will be a best seller. >> abc 7 goes one on one with a woman who >> good morning washington. i am jacqui jeras. did you wake up early from the storms? we are still dealing with that at this hour. ride along the corridor getting ready to cross the potomac another strong thunderstorms. none of these are severe, but they are putting down heavy rain. if you can hold off heading out the door, i would do so. it will probably miss with traffic a little. manassas has just about 1.7 in
offer. what happens if pepco goes on strike? the toss of barrett is in washington with the latest. rett is in barr washington with the latest. the union long, representatives have been in a private meeting getting ready for the contract negotiations. there are a lot of what it is still floating around. fears of pepco and not reaching agreement are real for customers. people dealtillion power for days after storms and people are the sides didf agreement, there strike and would that time if a storm hits? negotiations. i would not be surprised if there was a strike. pepco is the only game in town. we all lose regardless of what happens. say they have a in case of a strike. >> we have been training managementnd we have on our system who r the field work. >> 1985 was the last workers out for five days. tomorrow's meeting will be on health and welfare workers.for is not known. believe our offer is fair and equitable and we hope our employees will accept it. >> the meeting is scheduled afternoon. we will keep you posted on what happens. natasha barrett, abc7 news. >> thank you. really big labo
are asking anyone with a similar experience to give them a call. >>> today members of pepco's electrical union will vote on whether or not to accept a contract proposal from the utility. if a strike does eventually happen, a pep a pepco spokeswoman assures they won't notice a thing. the power company has contractors on standby. the labor dispute surrounds wage benefits and other issues. the leader of local 1900 says pepco can't rely only on backup contractors in the event of severe weather. >> we're the people that keep the lights on, not the management. we're the ones out in the bucket trucks and in the manholes and on the streets. >> a spokesperson for pepco says the utility doesn't want a strike but it's prepared for one. while the union is scheduled to vote on the contract today, they will hold a separate vote on whether or not they will strike. >>> the u.s. postal service has suffered another setback. the usps is expected to miss a $5.6 billion payment to the government. they were expected to make the payment on sunday. the cash is supposed to fund health care benefits for retirees.
will not say why he was targeted. the suspect is armed and dangerous. the pepco union rejected company's latest contract offer. brianne carter explains the sticking points. pepco officials and union theers representing to meet againset today. after union workers what theingly rejected company called its final offer. union says the company maintains position and the workers could go on strike. >> i would not be surprised if there was a strike. at the end of the day, if pepco only game in town, we all lose. >> disturbing. >> more than a million people for daysout power storms.mmer people are worried they could be trouble if the lights go out again. pepco says they have a backup plan if workers go on strike. trainingve bee employees for months to take over the field work. >> it is 64 degrees. >> still ahead, bike to work for after severalals controversial calls from the i'm barack obama and pri approved this message. [ mitt romney ] there are 47% the people who will vote for the president no matter what... who are dedependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that go
in the eastern conference standings. >>> still ahead, pepco line workers may be going on strike soon. we'll tell you why. >>> plus who went home a winner at last night's emmy awards. >>> definitely 270 where it is one long slow lineup. route 85 all the way to 121, the lanes are open. the next northbound is 5:02. >>> you are watching 9news now. ifrs in the people, businesses, and organizations that call greater washington home. whether it's funding an organization that provides new citizens with job training, working with an anacostia school that promotes academic excellence, or supporting an organization that serves 5,000 meals a day across d.c., what's important to the people of greater washington is important to us, and we're proud to work with all those who are making our communities stronger. >>> welcome back and good morning. this monday morning 6:29. it is definitely a chilly start. lower 50s depending on where you are waking up. just about 57 degrees there this morning. >> thank you for starting your monday with us. good morning, i'm andrea roane. >> good morning, i'm mike haiduk. good mo
test without getting a search warrant. >>> today pepco is expected to vote on a contract proposal for some of its workers. if the deal is rejected, union workers could go on strike. in the meantime, the d.c. public service commission will vote on a potential rate hike today. last night dozens of customers upset about the possible hike staged a protest at pepco headquarters in downtown d.c. if approved, that plan would increase bills by $5 a month. >>> it is now 6:06. 64 degrees. ahead, extreme measures when an nfl team is threatening, following this controversial play. okay, what'ya havin? i'll have the build your own burger with a... sunny-side up egg, jack cheese, jill. and, uh... make it a double. inspiration can come from anywhere. build your own burgers are now at denny's. >>> a strange sight forming along the scottish coast there. it looks like snow on the surface. it's actually foam. that foam is blanketing buildings, cars, houses in aberdeen. experts say the phenomenon is a result of organic materials present in the sea, like plankton, mixed with the wa ewa air and mixed u
winner. washington wins 17-13. >>> time 6:24. still ahead, the latest on pepco and its big union as they try to avoid a strike. >> metro will stay open late for nationals playoff games. learn which local company is making that possible. >> before you grab the keys, listen to beverly farmer with traffic. >> we've got a new crash reported on the outer loop of the beltway near connecticut avenue. if you're heading north on 95, not too bad out of dale city heading past the prince william parkway. volume building there heading into woodbridge with lanes open. you're watching 9news now. we've got more details coming up. stay with us. good morning. >>> happy friday. 6:29. this is the place where you can always get your weather first. >>> thank you for starting your morning with us. good morning. i'm andrea roane. >>> i'm mike hydeck. howard bernstein is on the weather terrace. he said some of the moisture is going to pull out. >> rains are pulling away. with breaks in the cloud cover, light winds and fog has formed especially southwest of d.c. sunrise 7:02 this morning. here's a look at
year probation and undergo mental health assessments as well as drug and alcohol screening. >>> pepco customers, two pieces of bad news for you this morning. d.c. leaders have approved pepco's request of a rate hike which works out to be $2.60 more per month on the average bill which is about a half of the $5 hike pepco requested. however, union representing pepco workers has rejected what pepco called its final contract offer. that increases the chance now of a strike or a lockout. pepco says the strike if it happens would not be affecting service. >>> it is 5:06. time for the latest your money report of the morning. >> good morning to jessica doyle. >> good morning. all about the economy yet again today. we'll find out today how much it's growing and as well how many americans are filing for first time until employment benefits. we could use some good news because yesterday, wall street hit a bump in the road when protests over wage cuts in greece pushed down stocks worldwide. there are concerns that the recession in europe could very well influence the global economy and that means
sorts of problems. on shepherd st. nw at georgia ave. we see a pepco crew trying to restore power to part of this neighborhood. they have been on the scene four hours trying to get the power back. a tree messed things up in this neighborhood hit by lightning. one of a host of issues throughout the district and northern virginia this evening. tonight, a small fire was still burning hours after the street came crashing down on power lines near georgia avenue in northwest. they own the white car that was damaged, and they were waiting to see if it would start again. >> i do not know. >> earlier in the day, you could see smoke coming out of the car. >> it started turning more and more. >> fortunately, the car wind up working despite the fires but the storms caused a lot of other harder to fix troubles. even with the nats game postponed, traffic on south capitol street was a disaster. >> it was horrible. >> thanks to flooding near malcolm x avenue. d.c. water had to pump the extra water out of there. it also caused a fatal accident in maclean and in arlington -- >> is shaking, and -- >
. >>> how much would you -- diana. >>> how much would you pay pepco or bge to ensure we never go through another eight day power outages. state regulators and the utilities agreed the current power grid can't get the job done. to fix it would cost a lot of money. how much would you be willing to pay? >> that's their problem. >> a couple dollars maybe, but not a whole lot. >> if they do this, it's going to be more than that anyway, so i'm just giving that round about 50. it's going to end up being 50 or month. >> it depends on what i can pay. >> when we added it all up, if all maryland pepco and bge customers agreed to pay an extra 10 bucks a month for five years that, would put a billion dollars toward solving the problem. we don't know what it would actually cost is the problem. >> can mother nature keep it up? topper has your seven-day forecast in a couple minutes. >> but up next one community pushing young kids in the right direction. this is a story we really like. we hope you will, too. stay with us. heavy load in america. but mitt romney plan, a middle class to $2,000 more a year
in court. in richmond, surae chinn, 9news now. >>> how much would you pay pepco to make sure you have no more outages like july. the current system isn't built to do much better than that, and that means bigger costs. so how much? well, when we added it up, if all maryland pepco and bge customers paid an extra $10 a month over five years, that would be a billion dollars towards solving the problem. but would that make a dent in it? we're still waiting for an answer. >>> new to flight at 11:00, there's been -- tonight at 11:00, there's been a major development in wisconsin. a judge has ruled the law stripping the rights unconstitutional. now, that law is the crowning achievement of scott walker. his administration is planning to appeal it. >>> today students at central high held an emotional tribute for their classmate 18-year-old marckel ross who was shot while walking to school tuesday morning. his killer is still on the loose. family and friends say they don't know who would want to harm this honor roll student. by all accounts, a well liked man. >>> neil armstrong was buried at sea
the cruiser is corporal raymond bennett. >>> pepco utility repair men could be walking off the job soon. a vote on a new contract could come this week. pepco is calling this its best final offer. workers last walked off the job back in 1985. >>> turning our attention now to campaign 2012, president obama and mitt romney appeared in dueling interviews last night on cbs's 60 minutes. >> mitt romney knows why he is behind in the polls. susan mcginniss has more. >> reporter: president obama and governor mitt romney appeared on 60 minutes last night. romney defended himself against accusations he hasn't laid out details for his plan to fix the economy. >> you are asking the american people to hire you as president of the united states. they would like to hear specifics. >> specifically i will not raise taxes on middle income folks. i will not lower the share of taxes paid by higher individuals. >> reporter: president obama told steve croft romney's plan won't work. >> he seems to only have one note. tax cuts for the wealthy and rolling back regulations. >> reporter: after romney released sum
como le informamos ayer, empleados de la compaÑia de electricidad pepco podrian estar mas cerca de irse a una huelga... el sindicato rechazo el contrato de la empresa con la ultima oferta...el presidente del sindicato de empleados del sector electrico, capitulo mil 900, dijo que la mayor preocupacion de sus miembros es que la propuesta cambiaria los beneficios de salud y asistencia social...por su parte, pepco dijo que mantiene su posicion y tiene personal adicional para continuar con el servicio en caso de ... la policia de baltimore pide la colaboracion del publico para identificar a dos hombres sospechosos de robar en una tienda 7 -11, localizada en la cuadra 8600 de la calle pleasant, el pasado dos de agosto... los delincuentes pidiero una cajetilla de cigarrillos y luego exigieron dinero al dependiente... ambos son descritos como hombres blancos de entre 40- a 50 anos de edad, unos 5-pies 9 pulgadas a 5- 11 de estatura... uno de ellos tiene un tatuaje a la largo de un brazo... cualquier informacion reportarla al numero .... causa preocupacion el numero de hombres homosexuales infec
or dad's. contract talks between pepco and its union are at an impasse and union leaders are worried the spurs strike in 27 years could soon happen. last week pepco presented what it called its last best, and final offer to union leaders. union members are scheduled to vote on the offer on wednesday. union leaders are urging them to reject it. chain trader joe's is recalling pena better linked to salmonella in 18 states. the fda says the stores creamy salted valencia peanut butter is likely the source of the outbreak. the government has not said which states reported illness but people are being warned not to eat peanut butter. it has since been removed from store shelves. mr. day was tough for redskins and fans. they are disappointed this morning after they could not defeat the bengals in the home opener. robert griffin iii took several hits during the game. he had a pretty good game, but the redskins fell short in event, falling to the bengals 38-31. fans are still hopeful. >> i have confidence in rg3. we cannot give up hope. it's embarrassing. >> giving up 30 points. many fans gav
commission will vote the seven in on the pepco proposed rate hike. members of the advocacy group "-- protested outside headquarters last night in downtown washington. pepco workers are expected to vote today on a union contract. if a deal is not reached they could go on strike which is the first time since 1985. there is a proposed change to employee health and welfare plans. we will have more on both decisions at night tonight at 5:00 on abc 7 news. if all soldier has been laid to rest in arlington national cemetery. jummy olabanji has more. >> sunny skies and silence led the horse-drawn casket to its final resting place 3 she was buried among the thousands who paid the ultimate sacrifice. her casket was draped in the stars and stripes. it is fitting for a young woman who put her love of country over herself. she died on september 5 when her helicopter crashed in afghanistan. she joined the army in 2003 and became a pilot in 2008. she -- it was one of the most dangerous positions available to women in the military today. dozens of her fellow comrades made the trip from fort brag
it in equipment calibrated readings.e false laws that are now take effect in august. pepco and union officials will afternoon in an effort o avoid a strike. a federal mediator is expected to attend. wednesday, union workers company calledhe its final contract offer. sticking points include changes h benefits and the some positions from full- time to part-time. time pepco went on strike was 1985. adam caskey is here now. let's have a look at our forecast. >> we are seeing clouds rolling slowly today. there was thick fog early this morning. look at this from frederick county this morning. it dissipated. now we have a good amount of sunshine. clouds are moving back into town. if similar conditions to the past couple days. clouds moved overhead in the toernoon and that leads the eveninger in and the nighttime. that later on today and tonight. ,5 in oxon hill, 73 in leesburg 70 in round hill. little muggy outside. a little above average for this year for the temperature is with dew points in the '60s. you will feel that. o is a little cooler at 70. 59 in boston. and 89 showers degrees. forecast com
that walker posts these days are all ironic. >>> a rough year for pepco could get worse this week. unionized workers are scheduled to vote on e company's latest contract offer. if it fails, workers could then vote to strike. so what will that mean for you? we asked our com to find out. >> look around you. we have become a power dependent society. >> we are a complete technology age and you know, aside from basics that you would have hoped you can count on like light and heat and things like the garage door opening and things like that, it's just completely unpredictable. >> on a power grid that has its ups and downs. >> every time it rains, i cross my fingers and think it's going to be another catastrophe with no power and light. >> case in point, the storm of june that knocked out power to more than 1 million customers and caused headaches all over the metro area. while the weather looks quiet this week, a contract battle has been brewing between pepco and his union electrical workers over health, welfare, and other benefits. this is pepco's last best and final contract offer. union le
. >>> this morning, more than 1,000 pepco workers are a step closer to going on strike. union reps will go back to pepco to try to get a new deal. if no deal is reached, workers will vote on whether to strike. the labor battle comes as pep co got the go ahead for a rate hike in the district. the d.c. public service commission approved a partial rate increase and that can mean an extra $2.60 a month for the average customer. >>> ken cuccinelli approved a plan to impose stricter building standards on abortion clinics. they require existing clinics to comply with newer architectural standards for hospitals. supporters say the regulations will ensure the safety of women. opponents say forcing clinics to comply with costly renovations could put them out of business. the plan now goes to governor bob mcdonnell for further review. >>> it will make you scratch your head. video of a guy dressed up as a terrorist. who's in that costume makes it even more shocking. >>> also, will this rain stick around all day? weather and traffic on the 1s just ahead. >>> the news that will p >>> j.k. rowling's new adult
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